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Thursday, January 19, 2012
National Center for Earth and Space Science Education - great resources
The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education has a great motto "Inspire...then Educate." The NCESSE is a great resource for STEM teachers as it creates and oversees different initiatives, projects, and educational resources in these areas, with a focus on Earth and Space.
There are a lot of different resources, from professional development, to community projects, to science news and research.
There are also free Education Modules for grade K-12 that are very comprehensive and include full lesson plans, background information, activities, assessments, inquiry based hands-on activities, rubrics, handouts and more. There are 5 modules available right now and each module is broken up into three (K-4, 5-8, 9-12) or four (K-2, 3-4, 5-8, 9-12) grade levels. The modules are on topics such as the solar system, earth science, extreme environment of space, human space exploration, and the search for life in the universe.
You can download any of the lessons. There is also a Lesson Layout with descriptions of each section that you can download: Lesson Layout (PDF, 490 kb).